Over recent years the DfE have removed the requirement for schools to use prescribed ‘levels’ to reflect attainment and progress, this is to allow schools to develop their own approach.
At THS we have come up with an assessment system that:
- Shows progress.
- Gives regular feedback to parents.
- Translates into meaningful grades.
- Leads eventually to GCSE grading.
- Is easy to understand.
At KS3 grades will build towards the new GCSE grading system of 1-9. (with 9 being the highest). At KS4, using KS3 grades as a stepping stone, grades will align with full GCSE grades and subject assessment objectives. These assessment objectives are the criteria that are used by the examination boards to award GCSE grades.
See the following link that explains the new 1-9 grade system:
or watch the video at the bottom of this page.
We have used the grades given for national KS2 tests to set end of key stage target grades for each year group (with the exception of year 11 who will retain their target grade from the previous system).
In Year 7 a pupil will typically start with ‘grades’ 1, 2 or 3 in most subjects, although in some subjects it may be deemed that they are working towards the baseline grade of 1.
Because we know the level that a student comes with (from KS2) and we know where we want them to be by the end of year 11 (with a grade 4 or above) we can track their progress on this journey. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘flight path’. However, students do not learn in a linear way and there may be times when progress is rapid or more gradual.